The Spa Novices’ Hurdle, also known as the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older.
It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of 3 miles, and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year on the final day (Friday) of the Cheltenham Festival in March, and is seen as the pinnacle event of the season for leading long-distance novice hurdlers.
The race has also proven a good pointer over time towards future RSA Chase winners, and this is an angle worth looking at when competitors from this race go novice chasing the following season.
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle was one of several new races introduced at the Festival when a fourth day was added to the meeting in 2005.
For its first three running’s the event was sponsored by Brit Insurance, and it was classed at Grade 2 level. The vegetable growing company Albert Bartlett began supporting the race in 2008, and since then it has held Grade 1 status.
- 2015 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Preview
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- 2013 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Preview
- 2012 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Preview
- 2011 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Preview
|2014||Very Wood||5||N Meade||33-1|
|2013||At Fishers Cross||6||Miss R Curtis||11-8F|
|2012||Brindisi Breeze||6||L Russell||7-1|
|2011||Bobs Worth||6||N J Henderson||15-8F|
|2010||Berties Dream||7||P J Gilligan||33-1|
|2009||Weapons Amnesty||6||C Byrnes||8-1|
|2008||Nenuphar Collonges||7||A King||9-1|
|2007||Wichita Lineman||6||J O’Neill||11-8F|
|2006||Black Jack Ketchum||7||J O’Neill||EvsF|
|2005||Moulin Riche||5||J Howard Johnson||9-1|